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The Republic of South Africa, referred to as the "Rainbow Nation" due to its multicultural population, is one of the BRICS countries and is regarded as the economic motor in Africa’s southern region. Since its colonization by the Netherlands and Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries, this country has continuously attracted migrants from Europe and other parts of the world. Those moving to South Africa from neighboring countries are usually labor migrants searching for better prospects for the future.

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International Migration in South Africa

South Africa is the main destination country for migrants in Africa. But its rights-based approach to immigration management has increasingly been replaced by a restrictive stance.

Jean Pierre Misago

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Introduction

The Republic of South Africa, referred to as the "Rainbow Nation" due to its multicultural population, is one of the BRICS countries and regarded as the economic motor in Africa’s southern region.…

Malte Steinbrink

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History of Migration

Since its colonization by the Netherlands and Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries, South Africa has attracted immigrants from Europe and other parts of the world. However, most immigrants come from…

Berenike Schauwinhold

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Migration Policy

Already in colonial times, South Africa has attracted labor migrants. Later, it was especially the mining industry that engaged in the recruitment of foreign labor. A migrant labor system emerged that…

Frauke Peisker

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Immigration

South Africa, being the economic motor in the region of Southern Africa, attracts numerous labor migrants, especially from neighboring states. For a long time the country's immigration policy was…

Kim Katharina Runge

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Emigration

South Africa has attracted immigrants ever since its colonization by the Netherlands and Britain in the 17th and 18th century. Especially immigrants from the region of Southern Africa are drawn to the…

Katharina Schilling

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Internal Migration

The legacy of the state-organized racial segregation policy known as Apartheid (1948-1994) still shapes South Africa's society. There are still large socio-economic disparities between the country's…

Rita Schmidt

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Future Challenges

South Africa has attracted immigrants since colonial times. Most of them come from Africa's southern region and in search for work. For a long time, the country's migration policy was managed along…

Jan-Berent Schmidt

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References

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Authors

This country profile is the result of a seminar at the Institute for Geography of the University of Osnabrück, Germany.

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